Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Lighter Side of Life in School

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Lighter Side of Life in School

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Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter

WERE you a pupil at Newlands School FCJ before it was officially renamed as Trinity Catholic College in 2009? The Middlesbrough School played host to a variety of events over the years.

In 2004, 16-year-old Robert Tye kicked his way to becoming one of the fastest penalty-takers in the country.

The teenager from Longlands, kicked a penalty at 72mph when he took part in the Speedmark Challenge event.

At the time, his kick matched the fastest previously recorded by Speedmark.

Around 500 pupils at the school on Saltersgill Avenue took part in the event for charity.

Children's TV boffin Johnny Ball made an appearance in 2003, for the launch of a PS500,000 bid to become a specialist science school.

The veteran presenter wowed Years 7 and 8 with his talk about how 2,000 years of scientific discoveries are helping education. Speaking at the time he said: "It will be very valuable for the school if they get this status.

"There's nothing in technology too complicated for them to take on if they gain the confidence and get their heads down and work."

And to celebrate the opening of a new PS20,000 library in 2000, some of the country's top children's writers paid a visit.

Robin Jarvis took part in imaginative events designed to promote reading for pleasure as part of the North Children's Book Festival.


Pupils at Newlands School voted maths teacher Andy Biesterfield as their coolest teacher in 2004. Pictured, from left are Katie Reidy, Mr Biesterfield and Matty Everson

Newlands School marked 15 years of collecting for hampers for the underprivileged in 2002. Pictured, from left are Andrew Hoyland, Phillipa Jasinek, Rachael Sedgwick and Bethen Tate with tins ready for one of the hampers

Above: Laura Spayn was one of the pupils who chose boxing as a PE option at Newlands School in 2001, and left, 15-year-olds Laura Egan (Sandy) and Craig Warburton (Danny) were the stars of the school's production of Grease in 2000

Newlands pupils had their pictures drawn by top author Robin Jarvis as part of the Northern Book festival in 2000

Newlands School raised money for charity with a Weakest Link game in 2002. …

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